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Top 15 Teams/Athletes That Were Caught Cheating

When it comes to anything in life, the old expression goes “If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’.” That phrase is perhaps used in no situation more than sports, where athletes and teams are trying their best to gain a competitive advantage to help them win games, matches, races and whatever else may lie in front of them.

Cheating is the worst thing that an athlete can be accused of. Sometimes it leads to fines, suspensions, or even lifetime bans. Cheating is as old as sports, and athletes are still trying to get that edge to get them over the top, as it leads to more money and fame. Cheating has been in the headlines a lot lately with Tom Brady being suspended for the first four games of the 2015 NFL season after ‘Deflategate’, but that’s nothing compared to some of the worst cases of cheating. In fact the great Joe Montana himself said that his 49ers teams of the 1980s looked for ways to get a competitive edge as well. For example the Niners' O-line used silicone spray on their jerseys and Jerry Rice admitted to using stickum even after the NFL had banned it.

You could probably catch someone cheating in just about every sporting event in some capacity, but only a few have been caught doing it. There are some egregious cases of sports cheating, and these are perhaps the 15 most memorable. Some of them are subtle and took a lot of time to uncover, while others were so blatant that they ended up in blooper reels. Here are 15 times that teams and athletes were caught cheating.

15 15. Mike Tomlin

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14 14. Lance Armstrong

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13 13. Marion Jones

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12 12. Steroid Era

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11 11. Ben Johnson

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10 10. 1919 Chicago White Sox

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9 9. Rosie Ruiz

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8 8. Tonya Harding

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7 7. Pete Rose

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6 6. CCNY

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5 5. New England Patriots - Spygate

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4 4. Renault F1 Team

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3 3. Joe Niekro

2 2. Nigerian Soccer

1 1. Bountygate

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While it might not be giving a team a schematic advantage in a game, the New Orleans Saints violated NFL rules by offering bonuses for injuring opposing players during games. As a result of the bounties that were handed out by the coaches and players that pooled money, many notable players were injured from 2009 to 2012. Some of the big names include Brett Favre, Kurt Warner, Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton. The Saints wound up winning the Super Bowl during the first year of Bountygate, and head coach Sean Payton was suspended for the entire 2012 season.

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